Easy white bread

Easy white bread

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Prep: 20 mins Cook: 25 mins - 30 mins Plus 2 hours proving


Makes 1 loaf
A great recipe for an electric breadmaker - or do it the traditional way

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable


  • kcal204
  • fat4g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs38g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre2g
  • protein6g
  • salt1g
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  • 500g strong white flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 7g sachet fast-action yeast



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  • 3 tbsp olive oil
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  • 300ml water


  1. Mix the flour, salt and yeast in a large bowl. Make a well in the centre, then add the oil and water, and mix well. If the dough seems a little stiff, add 1-2 tbsp water, mix well then tip onto a lightly floured work surface and knead. Once the dough is satin-smooth, place it in a lightly oiled bowl. Leave to rise for 1 hour until doubled in size or place in the fridge overnight.

  2. Line a baking tray with baking parchment. Knock back the dough, then gently mould the dough into a ball. Place it on the baking parchment to prove for a further hour until doubled in size.

  3. Heat oven to 220C/fan 200C/gas 7. Dust the loaf with flour and cut a cross about 6cm long into the top of the loaf with a sharp knife. Bake for 25-30 mins until golden brown and the loaf sounds hollow when tapped underneath. Cool on a wire rack.

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Comments (249)

shellyd's picture

OMG this is a great recipe, followed it exactly didnt add any sugar as recommended by others and it turned out fab. used warm water. made into 10 cobs and im eating one as i write, will defo use again.

dorothyd's picture

Made this as an accompaniment to a dinner. All guests remarked how lovely it was. Left to rise overnight in fridge and it worked really well. Made life easier to concentrate on dinner the following day.

emmalemon's picture

Delicious! I made this bread with soup and ate it warm, it was gorgeous! I would definitley make again and next time I might experiment with seeds or cheese on top.

swanky's picture

Made mine in a loaf tin. Took out after 25 mins and put it back in the oven on its side for another 10 mins which made the sides and base nice and crisp. Lovely recipe, first time I've made bread but will now make it regularly. I'm going to experiment with flour mixes and seeds next time.

gillywomble's picture

Made this bread the trad way. Easy recipe, and the dough rose well. Made into a bloomer rather than a round.

Delicious eaten hot from the oven with butter.

jazzdeol's picture

This is the first time i have ever made bread and i can't believe that i can actually bake bread... Thank you so much, this recipe is amazing...

If i wanted to make this into rolls/long baguettes how much will i need to reduce the baking time by?

Also how would i make the outside of the loaf crusty?

Hope you can help.


libbycl's picture

An excellent recipe and works every time. I reduced the salt by 1/2 teasp. Very impressive looking!

janelovestastyfood's picture

NB cutting the cross in the top knocked all the air out! Therefore the loaf was quite shallow and not useful for sandwiches but fine to go with soup

janelovestastyfood's picture

Made this today after reading all the other comments. Has definately turned out lighter that my previous efforts but still a bit yeasty. I used my bread machine dough programme and then gave it the second rising (never done this before so think this is why lighter). I added a teaspoon of sugar but can anyone help with the yeasty taste?

imabadpixie's picture

So easy! Liked it so much that i had to bake another loaf the next day... did it by hand. Excellent recipe! a keeper!

dalphey's picture

this worked really well. Was so proud as have treid to make bread in the past but it has always been really heavy. Added 1tsp sugar as some others have suggested. Will definately do again.

drumclune's picture

Should be a 6 star recipe. Best template for bread making I have ever found.
I use 350g white: 150g granary too, and 1/2 milk, 1/2 water (warm); haven't found the need for sugar, but may try it.
Adding some chopped walnuts and sultanas makes a great bread to go with cheese.
Painting the crust with melted butter when it comes out of the oven gives a lovely, softer crust.10 times better made by hand (Kenwood chef) than in breadmaker; mine has taken to tripping the fuses - but who needs the monster on the worktop anyway?!

robyn256's picture

Superb - will never need to buy the good stuff again!

blulou's picture

Not tried this yet, but from the recipe and ingredients I would say that if your bread isnt fluffy it may be because the water really needs to be tepid to activate the yeast and usually there is some kind of sugar/honey added to feed the yeast. As far as I'm aware every type of yeast needs this, even the easy bake stuff. A couple of tsp of sugar should be fine for these quantities, slightly more if you use honey, but check the instructions on your yeast packet (if using dried).

nncole's picture

I have tried this recipe twice now, and although really tasty it is coming out really dense. I am using dried active yeast. Does anyone have any suggestions? Should I use milk?

boscad's picture

First attempt came out a little 'dense' - but nonetheless a very worthy and completely edible attempt! Second time round I used warm / tepid water with a dissolved tablespoon of sugar. Shaped the dough into a 'bloomer' style loaf - much lighter - don't know if it was down to the sugar or the better rising with the warm water. Great recipe though! Third attempt - same as second but used bread machine - and it's odd just how different (i.e. BETTER) this tastes when made by hand as distinct from baking the same mix in the machine - Anyone else noticed this? Thanks for the recipe!

midtown's picture

Used dough setting on breadmaker, made 2 smaller loaves. Soft ,light and fluffy. Will make rolls next time. A great success.

madbubbles's picture

I love making home made bread but unfortunately it normally comes out quite dense and hard so I tend to just use the breadmaker.....until I tried this recipe. It is SO easy, and bread is light and fluffy and very tasty. Will be sticking to this one in future and not even bothering with anything else.

samantha10's picture

First loaf of bread I have ever made - and by hand too. Very easy to do, very few ingredients needed and it was lovely. Will certainl do again. I left it in the oven nearly 30 minutes, but next time will leave a couple minutes more to make more brown (fan oven)

tryingtoruletheworld's picture

Excellent recipe, can't stop eating the stuff now!


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